To anyone visiting Fredericksburg, Virginia on the “don’t miss” list is lunch at the Rising Sun Tavern.
Originally built in 1760 by Charles Washington, George’s brother, this residence was turned into a tavern about 1790.
My journey had started in Charleston South Carolina the day before and after staying the night in Richmond, I got a rather late start for Fredericksburg.
Having driven all morning I decided to have lunch before seeing the sights the town had to offer.
As I entered, a tavern wench met me at the door. As I was escorted to my table she informed me that she was serving out her indenture of 7 years for stealing a loaf of bread in England.
After dining, I was invited to take a 30 minute tour of the establishment, led by the tavern wench.
I was pleasantly surprised, much of the furniture and woodwork is still
in its original state. The tap room features a display of 18th and
19th-century pewter and a reconstructed bar cage.In its day the
tavern was a proper high-class establishment, While the ladies were
consigned to the Retiring Room spending their day gossiping and doing
their knitting the men would be consuming multi -course meals and many tankards of ale in the Taproom or playing cards and enjoying Madeira in the Great Room.
As a matter of convenience the tour just happened to end in the gift shop where I was able to pick up a couple of nice souvenirs.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
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